Woman kicked out of Wetherspoons told ‘you can’t wear a top like that’

A young woman said she was left feeling humiliated after being refused service at Wetherspoons for her outfit.

The pub chain said the 20-year-old’s top was “inappropriate”.

Mollie Wood claimed she was told by a male manager she would not be served because her cleavage showing was “equal to a man being shirtless”.

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She confronted the bar manager, who told her he had refused service all day to men without tops and that it would only be fair to do the same to her, Manchester Evening News reports.

She said her pal Amy Lee, also 20, wouldn’t be served either because they were dressed “unsuitably”.

Both pub-goers were dressed in black halter crop tops, ankle-length skirts and trainers as the country basked in 28C heat.

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The tech worker explained how she and a pal had headed to The Back of Beyond pub in Reading, Berks, at 8pm on Sunday.

The pair wanted to grab some food after watching England beat Croatia 1-0 in the opening Euro 2020 match.

She said both she and Amy were let in by the female bouncer where they also checked into NHS test and trace and showed their IDs before heading out to the garden.

Mollie, who lives in Reading, explained: “We got half-way walking through the pub when a male manager shouted for us to stop.



Mollie’s outfit was deemed inappropriate

“He said ‘You can’t come in here, you’re dressed really inappropriately and it isn’t suitable. You can’t be wearing a top like that’.”

And when Mollie questioned him as to why her clothes were “inappropriate” he told her it was “because that’s like a man being topless and we’ve been kicking topless men out all day,” she said.

Mollie explained how she and Amy quizzed the manager over the dress code, but couldn’t get a straight answer as to whether there was one.

Mollie said she later researched online and could not find anything that pointed towards a Wetherspoons dress code.



Mollie had previously worn the top in the Wetherspoons and didn’t get questioned by staff

She added that she had also been served in the same pub earlier that week, wearing exactly the same top.

“I was just really embarrassed,” Mollie said.

She added: “We’d been in four pubs earlier that day and never been denied entry.

“I told him how sexist it was to compare me to a topless man.

“I was wearing a top. I wasn’t topless.”



‘We’d been in four pubs earlier that day and never been denied entry’

Mollie said she left the pub feeling totally embarrassed and reeling from what she felt was blatant sexism.

But after discussing with Amy and calming down away from the pub, they both decided to go back and complain about the way they had been treated.

But when they arrived and raised a complaint, Mollie said she was met with more comments and rudeness.

She said: “He was holding the bridge of his nose and huffing, and he turned his back to us when we were speaking about it.”

Mollie explained how they also asked the female bouncer why she let them in if they were dressed so “inappropriately,” but didn’t get a straight answer either.

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She said: “I’ve got a larger chest. Even if I wore a turtleneck you’d still see a very noticeable shape.

“My boobs are always going to show because I have them and there’s nothing I can do about that.”

Mollie said she was further shocked after sharing the video to TikTok and receiving a barrage of comments from women saying they had experienced similar things at the well-loved pub chain.

One shocking comment even claims Mollie’s video has been posted in a staff Facebook group and been flooded with “backwards” comments.

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “Two female customers visited the Back of Beyond pub in Reading on Sunday evening at approximately 7.40pm.

“Shortly after entering, the customers were politely asked to leave the pub as, on consideration by the pub’s management team, their dress was not, in this particular case, in accordance with the company’s guidance to pubs on appropriate customer dress.

“What may be considered appropriate dress is invariably a matter of individual judgement and whilst no offence was intended to the two customers by the request to leave the pub, we support the approach of the pub’s management team in this instance.”